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Rena B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1735) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1735

Videotape testimony of Rena B., who was born in Lv́ov, Poland in 1925. She recounts an affluent childhood; Soviet occupation; German invasion in June 1941; round-ups and mass killings, including her uncle and sister; forced labor; ghettoization; public hangings; working outside the ghetto; her father's death; purchasing false papers; leaving with her mother for work and not returning; a non-Jew taking them to his aunt in Warsaw; feeling they had come from hell into heaven seeing people living normally; observing the Warsaw ghetto burning from afar; hiding with another non-Jew in Jelonki; being joined by other Jews including her future husband; her mother obtaining funds from Armia Ludowa; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Siedlce, Lublin, then Kraków; continuing to use her false name due to antisemitism; living in a displaced persons camp near Munich; marriage; separation from her husband; her son's birth; emigration to the United States; assistance from HIAS; remarriage; and her daughter's birth. Mrs. B. discusses the trauma of her sister's death; regrets that she could not save her cousin when they escaped; feeling for many years that her war experiences were unreal; her mother's delusions resulting from the war; and youthful aspirations to be an opera singer. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Rena, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 6, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rena B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1735). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317609
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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